2003 Ford Focus Overview

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Trims

LX
77 national listings
SE
167 national listings
SE Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,798
ZTS
Avg. Price: $4,735
ZTW Wagon
Avg. Price: $4,688
ZX3
87 national listings
ZX5
49 national listings

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Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 90 reviews

Brilliant Euro Hot Hatch by Shaun
 — Where can I start? The 2003 Focus ZX5 is a complete solid car that can bring joy to anybody. First, the performance: The 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, DOHC, Zetec engine produces 135 BHP and is fairl... Read More
A Great Beater, Or Family Car. Economical. With A Little Speed. by Richard
 — Was a cheap beater, got from my sister, it was driven pretty much 24/7 for 2 years. with virtually no maintence. a few oil changes, new plug wires, a thermostat, and tires. it's never failed to start.... Read More
Awesome Little Car by emgriggs887
 — Performance was a little weak with these cars, however, handling more than made up for the lack of horsepower, I could take sharp turns with a recommmended speed of 35 going 65 - 70 mph easily, buildi... Read More

2003 Ford Focus Overview

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2003 Ford Focus

The 2003 Ford Focus continued to struggle with the line's reputation for quality issues and recalls. Despite its somewhat checkered history, the roomy interiors, smooth handling, and affordable price of the Focus line continued to appeal to American drivers looking for compact family transportation.

Buyers had a choice of several trims: the SE line, available in four-door wagon and sedan body models; a four-door LX sedan; and the performance-enhanced Z-line, which featured a two-door ZX3 hatchback, a four-door ZX5 hatchback, a four-door ZTS sedan and a four-door ZTW wagon.  (The Focus was also offered as an SVT performance model, which you'll find elsewhere on this site.)

The standard models of the 2003 Ford Focus had a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder Zetec engine, which produced 110 horsepower; the Z-line models offered an enhanced overhead-cam version, which packed a more impressive 130 horsepower.  Still, it wasn't power that was going to draw buyers to this line; value was the watchword that Ford emphasized in its marketing, and value was what people responded to.  

The 2003 Ford Focus gives good value at the pumps, too, with 21-27 mpg city, 25-36 mpg highway. It may not set your heart aflutter, but it's easy on the pocketbook!

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Car Won't Start Battery 100% Charged

2003 Ford Focus So awhile ago my car would make a weird clicking noise. It sounded like it came from under the hood and on the drivers side. It would also act like it would die on the road but would...

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Jo_Focus
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I Have A 2003 Ford Focus Ztw Wagon With The Larger Of The 4 Cylinder Engine...

Water pump has gone out and I was told the timing belt had to be replaced at the same time. When I called the parts houses, to compare prices, I was told it had a timing chain by one and a timing belt...

4 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)
Knelmapius
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My Focus Has Started Shaking When In Idle And The Engine Stops...

any ideas on what my problem could be? Im not very good at this sort of stuff. If i put it in neutral and rev the engine then it keeps running, but if i leave it in gear at a light or stop sign the ...

6,940 views with 7 answers (last answer 6 days ago)
VoxVeritatis
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Programmable Chip Keys At Walmart?

I have a basic 2003 Ford Focus. Two years ago, I lost one of the two chip keys that came with the car when we bought it new. I read the Owner's Manual and it says that I need TWO pre-programmed keys ...

31,305 views with 11 answers (last answer about a week ago)
Darren Reid
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Drivers Door Lock Problems 2003 Focus

I have a 2003 ford focus,,, The drivers door will not unlock using the remote or by the button on the inside of the car( the button has no movement and is jammed) the door will only lock with manually...

25 views with 5 answers (last answer about a month ago)